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Job Specification



Under the direction of an Administrator or Associate Administrator, 
Prison Complex or higher level supervisor in the Department of 
Corrections, provides oversight for Custody Programs and operations, 
functions as a higher level manager in the custody work force chain of 
command providing oversight of subordinate    custody employees, 
and ensures the care, custody and maintenance of discipline among 
inmates at all levels of incarceration residing at various site locations.

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative 
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform 
all duties listed in the job specification.  Conversely, all duties 
performed on the job may not be listed.


Exercises all powers and rights of enforcement to function as 
a law enforcement officer for the detection, arrest and conviction 
of offenders.

Manages the custody work force chain of command, and oversees 
custodial operations.

Organizes supervisory custodial work and develops effective work 

Ensures the observance of laws and regulations by inmates, 
custody staff, civilian employees and visitors.

Where appropriate, oversees non-criminal facility investigations 
of violations of rules and regulations by custody staff members or 
inmates and recommends and/or initiates appropriate action.  

Reviews pertinent criminal intelligence regarding institutional 
security and ensures appropriate action.

Conducts grievance hearings with labor organizations and/or 
individuals who have submitted contractual and non-contractual 
grievances.  May be required to represent management at 
various hearings.

Oversees the preparation of schedules for staff; the assignment of 
officers to posts and shifts, the scheduling of overtime as required 
and vacation scheduling.  Evaluates the need for overtime and 
implements procedures for eliminating unnecessary overtime 

Develops or supervises the development of training programs for 
all custody personnel.

Responds to attempted or actual escapes, enforces escape plans, 
and submits comprehensive reports of circumstances to the appropriate 
administrator and/or Director.

Plans, organizes and assigns the work of the organizational unit and 
evaluates employee performance and conduct, enabling the effective
hiring, promotion, termination, and/or disciplining of subordinates.

Carries a firearm and other restraint/defense equipment while 
performing duties or off-duty; is responsible for the care, use and 
security of firearms and equipment.

Responsible for the operations of custodial staff and the briefing 
of shift lieutenants regarding proper performance of essential 
institutional routines.

Serves as a member of the various Classification Committees 
and utilizes inmate classification material to make judgments 
regarding the degree of custody required for an individual inmate 
to prevent disturbances and escapes.

Oversees the access to services for the inmate population including 
but not limited to Education, social services, drug treatment, etc.

Ensures appropriate access to health services for the inmate population.

Evaluates the fiscal needs of the custody unit, submits requests
for budget appropriations, attempts to operate within fiscal 
restraints and justifies cost overruns.

Ensures that all emergencies and unusual incidents are reported 
and responded to following the protocols established by the 
Department.  Ensures appropriate escape procedures are 
implemented and enforced.  Submits/provides comprehensive 
reports of escapes and other emergent situations and are reported 
through the chain of command.

May operate the Central Operations Desk as the centralized contact 
person where all statewide facilities report incidents and occurrences. 
Responsible for recording, screening and processing information and 
making notifications to the appropriate authorities.

Evaluates incidents that seriously affect the normal operations of the 
facility or any other activity that would result in a significant negative
impact on the facility and initiates action as dictated by departmental 

May serve as a regional supervisor for more than one correctional facility, 
conducting audits of custody programs and serving as a liaison between 
the Central Office Administration and the Correctional facilities.  

Required to prepare complex, technically sound, accurate informative 
reports, documents and correspondence.  Using various forums and 
techniques, communicates effectively the mission and goals of the 
department, both verbally and in writing.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and information systems used by the agency, 
office, or related units.



High School diploma or its equivalent


Six (6) years of experience in the care and custody of inmates
in a correctional institution, three (3) years of which shall have 
been in a supervisory capacity.


Appointees must possess a driver's license valid in the State 
of New Jersey.

NOTE:  The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess 
the required motor vehicle license, commensurate with the class 
and type of vehicles they operate, rests with the Appointing Authority


Appointees to this position shall be required to qualify in the use of 
firearms on an annual basis. 


Knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of modern law 
enforcement and those relevant to the security care and rehabilitation 
of criminal offenders.

Knowledge of custodial care procedures in a correctional setting 
and the issues related to managing and maintaining a secure, safe 
and orderly correctional facility.

Knowledge of the methods of resource allocation and reallocation.

Knowledge of the care, use and security of firearms and other 
restraint/defense equipment.

Knowledge of the techniques necessary to conduct investigations.   

Knowledge of the methods used in supervising the custody, rehabilitation, 
protection, housing, feeding, work and discipline of inmates to assist them 
toward social rehabilitation.

Ability to carry a weapon while on duty.

Ability to formulate and communicate program goals and objectives 
in a manner that will encourage staff cooperation to achieve these 
program goals and objectives.

Ability to read and interpret information on the standards, policies, 
objectives, regulations and procedures established by the Department 
of Corrections for the conduct of correctional institutions and to apply 
them to specific situations.

Ability to read and interpret information on the New Jersey 2C criminal 
code and apply it to the use of lethal and nonlethal force in the custody 
of social offenders.

Ability to assign and instruct the work of subordinate employees and 
supervise their work and performance.

Ability to develop and maintain adequate staffing standards.

Ability to supervise and conduct investigations and inspections.

Ability to develop and execute the necessary plans to contend with 
emergencies and other crisis situations and to remain calm and 
decisive in those situations.

Ability to function as a law enforcement officer for the detection, 
arrest and conviction of offenders.

Ability to be proficient in the care, use and security of firearms and 
other restraint/defense equipment.

Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
ecording and information systems used by the agency, office or 
related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.  American Sign 
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms 
of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
As they can perform essential functions of the job with or without 
reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made
because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons 
may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.